Sept. 28, 2013
• In the first ever meeting between the two programs, Houston earned a 59-28 win at UTSA on Saturday.
• The Cougars improved to 4-0 for the eighth time in school history and first time since the 2011 team won its first 12 games to open the season. Only four teams have opened a season at 5-0.
• The win also improved Houston’s overall record to 392-341-15 all-time.
• Houston is 94-94-3 all-time in the month of September, 349-311-14 all-time on Saturdays and 125-66-4 all-time in domed stadiums.
• With Deontay Greenberry’s 149 receiving yards, Houston has had a 100-yard receiver for the fourth straight game this season after Greenberry’s 146 yards vs. Rice, 165 receiving yards at Temple and Daniel Spencer’s 102 receiving yards vs. Southern.
• The 59 points was the second game this season Houston has recorded at least 50 points in a game after a 62-13 win over Southern in its season opener.
• The Cougars forced five turnovers (4 interceptions, 1 fumble) in Saturday’s win at UTSA. It was the most turnovers forced by the Cougars since posting five takeways (4 interceptions, 1 fumble) vs. Tulsa in a 70-30 win on Nov. 15, 2008, inside Robertson Stadium
• Houston recorded its second multiple interception game of the season after B.J. Singleton and Trevon Stewart, Zach McMillian and William Jackson each picked up interceptions for the Cougars.
• The Cougars notched their 12th straight game dating back to 2012 with multiple turnovers.
• The last time Houston has recorded at least four interceptions in a single game was four in a 56-3 win vs. East Carolina on Oct. 8, 2011.
• In UTSA’s final eight drives of the game, the Cougars forced four interceptions, one fumble, one missed field goal return for touchdown, 1 UTSA touchdown and one end of half.
• Greenberry’s notched his third-straight 100-yard receiving game with his 149 yards in today’s game. With that he became the first Cougar since Patrick Edwards reeled off four straight 100-yard receiving games in 2011.
• With his nine receptions today, Greenberry has tallied at least six receptions in all four games this season.
• Greenberry’s 20-yard touchdown reception from John O’Korn in the fourth quarter marked the third game this season the sophomore receiver has recorded a touchdown.
• Sophomore running back Ryan Jackson has recorded a touchdown in each of the Cougars’ four games this season when he notched Houston’s first score of the game on a 15-yard pass from John O’Korn in the first quarter. He has also recorded a touchdown in five straight games, dating back to Houston’s win over Tulane on Nov. 24, 2012.
• Jackson tied his career high with four receptions in today’s win. It marked the second straight game for the running back with at least four receptions.
• In just his second career start and now 2-0, true freshman quarterback John O’Korn recorded a career-high in touchdowns (4), yards (312), completions (24) and attempts (36).
• O’Korn finished with career-high 312 yards, surpassing his previous high of 281 yards, which came in Houston’s win over Rice in the Bayou Bucket. Today’s effort came on 24-of-36 effort with four touchdowns.
• O’Korn has recorded his third game this season with multiple touchdowns after his 7-yard pass to Xavier Maxwell in the second quarter to put Houston up 21-14.
• O’Korn recorded the most passing yards by a true freshman for Houston since David Piland had 441 yards at Texas Tech on Nov. 27, 2010.
• Junior wide receiver Markeith Ambles finished with career-high two receptions on a career-best 38 receiving yards.
• Ambles returned his first kickoff of his Houston career on for a 39-yard return to open the third quarter for the Cougars.
Greg Ward Jr.
• In just his second collegiate appearance, true freshman quarterback Greg Ward Jr. rushed for his first career touchdown on his six-yard run to put Houston up by a score early in the second quarter.
• Senior wide receiver Xavier Maxwell connected on his first touchdown of the season and third of his career on a seven-yard touchdown catch from John O’Korn.
• Maxwell connected on his second receiving touchdown on the 22-yard pass from O’Korn. This marked the second game of his career with multiple receiving touchdowns - last coming at Marshall in 2012.
• He finished with three receptions for 42 yards and two touchdowns.
• Junior wide receiver Aaron Johnson recorded his first ever career reception and finished today’s game with two catches for 22 yards - his longest coming on a 20-yard reception from John O’Korn.
• True freshman defensive end Tyus Bowser made his first career start for the Houston Defense in Saturday’s contest at UTSA.
• Freshman defensive back Brandon Wilson returned a 78-yard blocked field goal by teammate B.J. Singleton for a touchdown to put Houston up 31-21. The blocked field goal prevented UTSA from tying the game at 24-24 with under five minutes left in the third quarter.
• The last time a Cougar returned a field goal attempt for a touchdown was Tyron Carrier at Southern Miss on Nov. 20, 2010.
• Freshman defensive tackle B.J. Singleton was credited with a blocked field goal to allow freshman teammate Brandon Wilson his first career touchdown return.
• The blocked field goal marked the second straight game Singleton has blocked a kick after blocking a PAT vs. Rice last week.
• Singleton interception a UTSA pass for his first career interception - marking the third game a Houston defensive lineman has recorded an interception as Singleton joins Tyus Bowser and Tomme Mark.
• Sophomore defensive back Trevon Stewart notched his second career interception midway through the fourth quarter.
• Sophomore defensive back William Jackson recorded his first forced fumble to set up a scoring drive for Houston late in the fourth quarter.
• Jackson recorded his first interception of his Houston career and returned it the distance for 96-yards to give Houston a 59-28 lead. The last time a Cougar returned an interception for a touchdown was DJ Hayden on Oct. 27, 2012 vs. UTEP.
• Jackson’s 96-yard interception return was the fourth longest in program history.
• Junior linebacker Efrem Oliphant recoverd the forced fumble by William Jackson for his first fumble recovery of the season and most recent since recovering two vs. Texas Tech in 2010.
• Oliphant recorded his fourth career double-digit tackle effort, leading Houston with 11 tackles in today’s win.
• Senior defensive end Zach McMillian tallied his eighth interception of his career and second this season, last coming at Temple. He was one of four Cougars with an interception today.
• Freshman running back Justin Hicks rushed for a career-long 15-yards for his second career rushing touchdown to put Houston up 52-28 late in the game.
BY THE NUMBERS
True freshman defensive end Tyus Bowser made his first career start on Saturday at UTSA.
True freshman QB Greg Ward Jr. rushed for his first career touchdown on his six-yard run to put Houston up early in the second quarter.
Senior receiver Xavier Maxwell recorded his first touchdown of the season on a 7-yard pass from John O’Korn.
Redshirt freshman defensive tackle B.J. Singleton blocked a kick for the second straight game with his blocked field goal in today’s game and blocked PAT vs. Rice.
True freshman John O’Korn has now notched multiple touchdowns in three of the four games this season.
After B.J. Singleton’s interception in the fourh quarter, Houston’s defensive line has interceptions in three games this season with Tomme Mark and Tyus Bower joining that list.
Sophomore running back Ryan Jackson has tallied a touchdown in each of Houston’s four games this season and fifth straight dating back to the Cougars’ win over Tulane in the final game of 2012.
Houston has now had a receiver record at least 100+ receiving yards in all four games this season.
The Cougars forced five turnovers (4 interceptions, 1 fumble) in Saturday’s win at UTSA. It was the most turnovers forced by the Cougars since posting five takeways (4 interceptions, 1 fumble) vs. Tulsa in a 70-30 win on Nov. 15, 2008, inside Robertson Stadium
Houston has scored in all 16 quarters this season.
Junior receiver Markeith Ambles showed well in his first kickoff return for a 39-yard return to open the third quarter for the Cougars.
Sophomore receiver Deontay Greenberry recorded his third straight 100-yard receiving game with his 149 yards to become the first Cougar since Patrick Edwards in 2011 to have at least three consecutive games with 100+ receiving yards.
True freshman quarterback John O’Korn threw for a career-high 312 yards and became the first true freshman quarterback to throw for at least 300 yards in a single game since David Piland threw for 441 yards at Texas Tech on Nov. 27, 2010.